Archive for the ‘Special Recipes’ Category

Roasting Chestnuts in an Oven or Toaster Oven – In Pictures


Just seeing fresh chestnuts in the store at this time of year brings back all kinds of memories to me – from seeing and smelling them roast walking the streets of New York City on a cold winter night to cracking them open parked in front of a blazing fire in the living room with the whole family.

Roasting chestnuts is darn easy. Here are a few tips. Read more »

Gorgeous November Bike Rip Followed by Breakfast for Lunch

Out for a gorgeous late morning, late fall rip on the bike that featured a good look at one of my favorite cycling sights: Silverwood Organic Farm on Western Rd. in Sherbourne, MA. Sky was cloudy, wind snappy, temp. about 45 – perfect for November – and it all felt great under the Breitz! “Breeze Blaster” windbreaker over layered shirts.

Then home by noon to the full-on flavorful sweet and savory lunch shown below – fresh fruit, Greek yogurt, fresh almond butter, dried fruit, kefir and honey Read more »

Stress-Free Picture Book Thanksgiving Dinner Help

Thanksgiving: by far my favorite holiday! All that’s expected is a darn good meal with family and friends.

For easy-to-follow help in the kitchen, just click the picture above to link to the Gotta’ Eat, Can’t Cook Thanksgiving Help page for a Thanksgiving dinner planning and timing guide and step-by-step picture book recipes that show how to make stress-free roast turkey, turkey gravy, mashed potatoes, bread stuffing, apple pie, and fresh whipped cream.

Wishing you, your family and friends a fun and happy Thanksgiving!

Full-On Flavorful Fresh Basil Pesto Picture Book Recipe

Basil PestoI call fresh basil pesto “summer butter”. It’s always in my fridge, and I use it regularly on pasta and grains, as a sandwich spread, with chicken or fish, on freshly cooked or uncooked vegetables (absolute killer on freshly cooked corn on the cob) – just about anything. Great stuff!

Here are the ingredients and…

Basil Pesto Ingredients

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6 Days to Cancer Ride + Almond Butter Power Fuel in Pictures

6 days to the Central Mass. Bicycles Battling Cancer ride (please consider donating – I’m just about half way to my $300 goal). Almond butter will certainly be part of the breakfast I have to power that ride next Sunday. I had a fat tablespoon of it just now with French toast (made with killeer BirchTree Bread Co. seeded levain bread) to prep for a 30+ mile I’ll take later this morning. Here’s what you need to make almond butter on your own.

The food processor does all the work (yah, you definitely need a food processor). You just have to clean the food processor when it’s done – but that cleaning is well worth the incredibly fresh, rich flavor.  Click any picture on this page for complete step-by-step picture book directions that, you bet, include how to clean a food processor (sometimes you just can’t have too much fun!).

Fuel up, ride on!

Warm Apple, Kiwi and Cranberry Fruit Topping Picture Book Recipe

Apple Kiwi and Cranberry Fruit ToppingLast post showed how to ripen and prepare fresh kiwifruits (kiwis). Here’s a fully flavorful way to have those kiwis warmed in a pan with fresh apples and cranberries either as is or over hot cereal, or any way you like.

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Chop And Mix Fresh Salsa Step-By-Step Picture Book Recipe

Chop and Mix Fresh SalsaDig salsa? I sure do, especially when it’s zesty crisp and fresh. Here’s how to make it on your own quickly, easily, AND much more flavorfully than what you find at the store.

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Crepes Made Easy Picture Book Recipe

Froome Takes Yellow & Crepes Made Easy

How ’bout celebrating the well underway, rippin’ fast 103rd Tour de France with fantastically flavorful fresh crepes, which are no-kidding just as easy to make but much more versatile than plain flapjack pancakes?

Here are the ingredients you need.

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Breakfast Yorkshire Pudding Picture Book Recipe

Breakfast Yorkshire PuddingApril 19th is Patriots’s Day, the day the first shots were fired in 1775 in Lexington, Massachusetts, between British troops and American colonists. On that day, and all through the Revolutionary War that lasted 8 years, all Americans were still considered British subjects.

Why the brief history? Because I think it’s an enlightening backdrop to breakfast Yorkshire pudding, which as easy to make as they are fantastically flavorful to eat.

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Yorkshire Pudding Picture Book Recipe

Yorkshire PuddingI first made Yorkshire pudding a couple years ago when the Tour de France raced through Yorkshire province in England. Yorkshire pudding, as you can see in the picture above, is nothing like the pudding we’re used to in the states. Instead, it’s more like a combination of muffin and dinner roll made with equal parts flour, egg, and milk and seasoned lightly with salt and ground black pepper as shown in the ingredients picture below.

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